Vienna Biennale: How Will We Work?
Vienna Biennale: How Will We Work?
Fotocredits: Human Element Inc., Philipp Schmitt & Stephan Bogner
What kind of “work” will you be doing in 2030? What kind of “worker” will you be? Today, we are in the midst of numerous heated debates around the future of work. Sensationalist headlines such as “Robots to get human rights” or “Welcome to the three-day working week” have already entered our everyday lives.

This exhibition endeavours to capture a discourse that’s in progress. Everyday new articles, research and experiments are coming out that push the boundaries of our expectations, hopes and fears around the future of work. The heady mixture of anxiety, opportunity and complexity that surrounds this subject area makes How Will We Work a potent space for critical thinking, and investigation. From precarious working conditions, to self-actualisation, alternative economies and Industry 4.0, this exhibition aims to lead a discussion on radical changes to the way we define and think about the role of work.

Whether its row upon row of robotic arms taking over our workspaces, or algorithms performing increasingly complex civic and professional work, visions of work in the near future are often presented as troubling and dystopian. But, these challenges are never black or white. How Will We Work invites you to reflect on the many discussions and explorations taking place around emerging technologies and work in our societies. The show investigates how emerging technology and contemporary market forces invisibly drive the important decisions that affect how we will work.

We want to show how the creative sector can lead this debate to inspire decision makers across the board to renegotiate the way we work, and develop more sustainable and equitable futures. The complexity of the world around us continues to change our working lives, so we ask: What can we do to shape this new frontier, before it shapes us?

Participating Artists

Morehshin Allahyari & Daniel Rourke
Stephan Bogner & Philipp Schmitt
Perry Chen
Common Works
Design Friction
Alicia Eggert
Harun Farocki
Laura Forlano, Marshall Brown, Lili Du, Ron Henderson & Jack Guthman
Lukas Franciszkiewicz (Takram)
Alexandra Fruhstorfer
Anne Galloway & Dani Clode
Ian Gwilt & Joe Rolph
Sara Hendren & Caitrin Lynch
Het Nieuwe Instituut Rotterdam
Daniel Kloboucnik
Maximilian Lackner
Sam Lavigne
Liquid Factory
Joe Macleod
Nicholas Masterton
Tim Maughan
Me You and the Robot
Ivica Mitrović & Oleg Šuran
Charlotte Nordmoen
Normally Studio
Johanna Pichlbauer, Fabio Hofer, Felix Lenz & Jekaterina Shipilenko
Tobias Revell
Strange Telemetry
The UK Digital Cabinet Office and Government Digital Service
Addie Wagenknecht

With text contributions by
Luciano Floridi, Karen Gregory, Scott Santens, Scott Smith, Nick Srnicek, Alex Taylor, Judy Wajcman

Curators: Gerald Bast (Rektor Universität für angewandte Kunst Wien), Anab Jain (Superflux, Professorin für Industrial Design, Universität für ange-wandte Kunst Wien)

Curatorial Assistants: Jake Charles Rees (Superflux), Martina Schöggl (Universität für angewandte Kunst)